Cannondale recalls 3,500 commuter bikes over axle concerns

By Stephen Frothingham

WILTON, Ct. (BRAIN) — Cycling Sports Group, the parent company of Cannondale, is recalling about 3,500 Cannondale Bad Boy and Bad Girl commuter bikes because the front hub axle can fail near the fork dropout. The recall involves model year 2010 through 2012 bikes.

The company sold about 3,100 of the affected bikes in the U.S. and 400 in Canada. All of the bikes had matte black frames. Only bicycles with date codes beginning with P, Q and RB through RL are included in this recall. The date code is located on the bottom of the bicycle fork as shown in the photo below.

Consumers are being told to stop using the bikes and take them to a Cannondale dealer for a free repair, which includes installation of a new fork.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commision said the company “has received 30 reports of the bicycle’s fork axle cracking; including an injury report of a fall that resulted in a concussion and bruising.”

According to a Cannondale recall notice, “This recall is a result of some reports of affected bicycles developing fatigue cracks where the axle meets the fork leg. Fatigue cracks grow with use and can result …read more

Via:: Bicycle Retailer and Industry News